Radio Interview/Performance on 199Radio, London

Here is a link to a radio interview from 17 Dec, 2017. Fred Sugden of Loose Lips and I discuss sound, and at the end there is a brief listening experience performance. Then follows the remarkable Body Clocks, from Bristol.

199Radio: 25/12/17 – Loose Lips w/Matt Burnett & Body Clocks


Das Lied Ohne Eigenschaften

Sometimes The Idea comes to you forcefully, and does not relent until you start to pay attention to it. Here is a story of one such event:

,,Eigenschaften” is a German word meaning “characteristics”, “features”, or “qualities”. It is part of the vocabulary set I am learning. Not long after I had learned it, I saw a YouTube post titled “Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften” (“The Man Without Characteristics”), which is simply a woman’s voice repeating the phrase. I thought this was interesting, so I made a recording of it; this recording found its way into a recent Listening Experience performance in London.

I rather liked the idea that the phrase connotes; I often feel anonymous, featureless, without characteristics. This doesn’t bother me. The smaller and less distinct I am, the larger and more interesting my world becomes. I was happy to leave this little discovery behind while moving onto the next thing I need to work on.

Then came The Idea again, this time more forcefully. While reading this evening an article about the decline of empires, I came across a reference to a book by Robert Musil titled… wait for it… here it comes… “The Man Without Qualities” (,,Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften”). The book is long, unfinished, and I haven’t read it. However, the Wikipedia article provides enough of a basic explanation. One phrase in the article that caught my attention was “…search of a sense of life and reality but fails to find it.”.

Suddenly it occurred to me that phrase describes the listening experiences project: A search for form and expression, but a search that often yields anything but these two things.

The Song Without Characteristics.

Das Lied Ohne Eigenschaften. A fitting idea for these times.

Listening Experience #8 – Quad at Noiseberg

Here is a stereo reduction of a quadraphonic performance. The performance was held on Oct. 28, 2017, at Noiseberg/Atelier Äuglein, in Kreuzberg. Berlin. The event recorded here was the final event for DAT Walk. Thank you to Regis Lemberthe for putting together such a great experience.

Listening Experience #8 – Quad at Noiseberg

The individual segments of the show are available here.

Individual show segments

Live sounds/amplified objects by: Giulia Deval & Emilio Berne

Here’s a link about DAT Walk:

Here’s a link about Noiseberg:

Regis Lemberthe:

Guilia Deval:

Emilio Berne:

Mythologie Sous Marine

Recently I have been collaborating with Aude Françoise on an experimental video art piece. Aude did the video, and asked me to provide the sound design. The title of the piece is “Mythologie Sous Marine”, and the current edit of the piece can be seen here:

Sonification – Some Working Notes

This post is mostly a brain-dump of some information (actually, a lot of information) gathered over the past week as part of an effort to write a proposal for a sound art thing involving The QuadTool. Gustavo Alfaix suggested doing this, and I am grateful for his interest and help. Hylynyiv Lyngyrkz also provided some advice from past experience, for which I am again grateful.

I’m still figuring this stuff out, so there’s a chance I’m wrong about something, or am leaving out necessary information. If that’s the case, please educate me. So here you go:

Data sonification is, on its own, rather straight-forward: Find a dataset that has a time-series (meaning simply that the data changes over time), map listening objects to the data, season to taste and serve. Yes, that is a bit of an over-simplification, and should you be interested in more details, Shawn Graham’s post might be of interest. One takeaway from this article is the idea of organizing the sonification in terms of classification and clustering.

Sonification as a technical effort seems kind of easy, repeatable. What makes it interesting, what “aestheticizes” it, is the selection of the dataset, and the treatment of the data set.

Pitch/frequency information seems to be the most common axis to map the data onto. What I would like to end up with is a workflow to sonify data in the the quad listening space, rather than pitch-space. To put the focus of the work on the spatial domain, rather than pitch/frequency domain. Changes encoded/embodied in the data would be reflected in modulation of basic spatial patterns, rather than modulations in pitches/frequencies.

UPDATE 20170406:
Here are some links from information about a software called Play-splom, received from Chris Sattinger/CrucialFelix:

Play-splom software: view play-splom at GitHub
Play-splom in action: Listen to CrucialFelx play-splom example


Radio show

I’ve been looking for alternatives to the produce/perform/release/promote way of doing things, and perhaps have found one. Recently Resonance EXTRA has agreed to allow me to produce a monthly program for broadcast. It will be called “Listening Experience”, in keeping with the idea that as sound creators our primary job is to make listening experiences. Simple enough, yes? 🙂

For the beginning, at least, I think the shows will focus on themes written about elsewhere on this website. Themes like pulse, sonance, delta, and so forth. I like the idea of expanding these ideas to something tangible/listenable. Words about sound can only go so far to describe ideas about sound. Actual sounds are better. Hopefully this will evolve as it progresses.

The project manager for the station also suggested that I do one or more shows featuring the works of other people that fit the idea of the “Listening Experience”. I forget the exact words, but that was the idea. He suggested that separate programming time be devoted to this. So I am also on the lookout for recordings of music/sound art/whatever made by others that fit the show’s premise. I would like to eventually have enough material to do one or more of this type of show as well.